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Salvation Army responds to Hurricane Matthew

Salvation Army disaster units up and down the east coast are mobilizing to respond to Hurricane Matthew. The powerful hurricane killed hundreds in its path and caused widespread damage in Haiti and the Caribbean. Reuters reported extensive floodi...

Salvation Army disaster units up and down the east coast are mobilizing to respond to Hurricane Matthew.

The powerful hurricane killed hundreds in its path and caused widespread damage in Haiti and the Caribbean. Reuters reported extensive flooding and damage in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The Salvation Army is prepared to serve 100,000 meals per day, according to a news release.

The organization also activated resources that are on standby, including in Minnesota and North Dakota, where dozens of volunteers and officers are available if needed.

The Salvation Army in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina Divisions have set up incident command teams at state and local levels. The Salvation Army has 75 mobile kitchens, capable of producing 1,500 meals per day, stationed in states threatened by Hurricane Matthew. These include 32 units in Florida, 22 units in Georgia, and 20 mobile kitchens in the Carolinas.

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Twenty-two additional mobile kitchens have been deployed from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia to the affected area. Seven more units are on standby in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Two field kitchens, capable of producing 15,000 per day are stationed in Florida. A third field kitchen from Texas is being deployed to a temporary staging area in Tallahassee. Two additional field kitchens, located in Texas and Mississippi, are on standby.

Salvation Army liaisons are being dispatched to state emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Response Coordination Center in Atlanta. The organization is also staffing numerous county emergency operations centers in impacted states.

The division is currently providing support to emergency workers and/or evacuation centers in numerous Florida counties, including Brevard, Hillsborough, St. Lucie, St. John and Volusia counties. All Florida disaster personnel and equipment from Key West to Pensacola are being mobilized to respond to Hurricane Matthew.

As of Sunday, the Salvation Army has provided the following in response to Hurricane Matthew:

• 6,863 hours of employee and volunteer service,

• 37,770 meals,

• 29,768 drinks,

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• 24,361 snacks,

• 303 food boxes,

• 72 mobile feeding units (canteens),

• 673 people sheltered,

• Emotional and spiritual care to 670 people.

The best way to help is to make a financial donation, the Salvation Army stated.

"Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis," the release stated. "It allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it's needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that local businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish."

Donations can be made in the following ways:

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• Visit give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew to donate online.

• Send a check to The Salvation Army 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN, 55113. Designate "Hurricane Matthew" on all checks.

• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

Stay tuned to The Salvation Army's Disaster Services site for the latest details on the storm's impact and how to help.

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